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Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Works: 105 works in 427 publications in 5 languages and 12,225 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Chandra Wickramasinghe
Most widely held works by Chandra Wickramasinghe
Lifecloud, the origin of life in the universe by Fred Hoyle( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Spanish and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution from space : a theory of cosmic creationism by Fred Hoyle( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and German and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diseases from space by Fred Hoyle( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and Japanese and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light scattering functions for small particles, with applications in astronomy by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

14 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interstellar grains by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

12 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, in this account of his pioneering work as an astronomer, sees comets with their magnificent tails of cosmic dust as being both a life giving force for our planet and equally as destroyers of life."--Dust jacket flap
Space travellers : the bringers of life by Fred Hoyle( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comets and the origin of life by Janaki Wickramasinghe( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea that comets may be connected with the origin of life on Earth was considered heresy a few decades ago, with scientists shying away from this possibility as if from a medieval superstition. However the case that comets may have contributed at least the complex organic building blocks of life has become very strong, and mechanisms have now been identified whereby comets may incubate and transfer microbial life from one cosmic habitat to another in the Galaxy. The latter process cometary panspermia was pioneered by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and one of the present authors in the early 1980's. A theory that was once controversial is slowly gaining scientific respectability and support. The recent surge of interest in astrobiology has led to a spate of books in astrobiology - combining astronomy and biology - but in most of these, cometary panspermia is dealt with only cursorily. The present book sets out the case for cometary panspermia in a cogent way, combining evidence from space science, celestial mechanics, geology and microbiology. It should be an essential part of any university course on astrobiology, and also serve as a reference textbook for researchers in the field."--Page 4 of cover
The theory of cosmic grains by Fred Hoyle( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of the composition of cosmic dust grains has stubbornly defied solution for over half a century. A succession of models have been proposed and their properties worked out for comparison with an ever-expanding body of relevant observational data. The authors began their pioneering work in this field in the 1960s by challenging the then popular ice grain theory. Most controversially they later hypothesised that condensed organic matter in the galaxy is of biological origin, thus linking an old astronomical problem with the question of the origin of terrestrial life. In this book the authors develop the theory of Cosmic Grains on a broad front starting logically from basic mathematical and astronomical premises. The reader is guided through a historical progression of ideas on the nature of grains, leading ultimately to the authors' own point of view, which shows through a clear predictive sequence the important role of complex organic material in the interstellar grains
Space and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku Ikeda by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and French and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue on space, science and life between an eminent astronomer and leading Buddhist scholar
Fundamental studies and the future of science( Book )

4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The big bang and God : an astro-theology by Theodore Walker( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As advanced by astronomer-cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomy, biology, astrobiology, astrophysics, and cosmology converge agreeably with natural theology. In The Big Bang and God, these interdisciplinary convergences are developed by an astronomer collaborating with a theologian
Life on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritage by Fred Hoyle( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermia by Fred Hoyle( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two of the pioneers of the modern version of panspermia - the theory that comets disperse microbial life throughout the cosmos - trace the development of their ideas through a sequence of key papers. A logical progression of thought is shown to lead up to the currently accepted viewpoint that at least the biochemical building blocks of life must have derived from comets. The authors go further, however, to argue that not just the chemicals of life, but fully-fledged microbial cells have an origin that is external to the Earth. Such a theory of cosmic life, once established, would have profound scientific as well as sociological implications. The publication of this book is all the more timely now that we are on the threshold of verifying many of these ideas by direct space exploration of planets and comets
Fred Hoyle's universe by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best known for his steady-state theory of cosmology, Fred Hoyle described a universe with both an infinite past and an infinite future. He coined the phrase 'big bang' to describe the main competing theory, and sustained a long-running, sometimes ill-tempered, and typically public debate with his scientific rivals. He showed how the elements are formed by nuclear reactions inside stars, and explained how we are therefore all formed from stardust. He also claimed that diseases fall from the sky, attacked Darwinism, and branded the famous fossil of the feathered Archaeopteryx a fake." "Throughout his career, Hoyle played a major role in the popularization of science. Through his radio broadcasts and his highly successful science fiction novels he became a household name, though his outspokenness and support for increasingly outlandish causes later in life at times antagonized the scientific community." "Jane Gregory builds up a picture of Hoyle's role in the ideas, the organization, and the popularization of astronomy in post-war Britain, and provides an examination of the relationship between a maverick scientist, the scientific establishment, and the public. Through the life of Hoyle, this book chronicles the triumphs, jealousies, rewards, and feuds of a rapidly developing scientific field, in a narrative animated by a cast of colourful astronomers, keeping secrets, losing their tempers, and building their careers here on Earth while contemplating the nature of the stars."--BOOK JACKET
A journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins: prelude to the journey -- Cambridge and a first meeting -- A hike in the lake district -- Betwixt the stars -- The route to carbon dust -- A theory takes shape -- The Institute of Astronomy: the vintage years -- Winds of change -- The Cardiff era -- The search for cosmic life -- Life from comets and pathogens from space -- First signs of life -- Bacterial dust predictions verified -- Life on the planets -- Evolution from space -- Theories of trial -- A fossil controversy -- Comet Halley and its legacy -- Alternative cosmologies -- The last decade
Where did we come from? : life of an astrobiologist by Chandra Wickramasinghe( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life story of this book spans many stages of the life and scientific career of one of the foremost astrophysicists/astrobiologists of our times. Starting from his boyhood days, the book describes the author's scientific work over the past 50 years, the ground-breaking discoveries he had made, the controversies generated in the scientific community, and the gradual acceptance of his discoveries. Written in lucid non-technical language it captures the essence of the author's research at Cambridge, his lifelong collaborations with the legendary astronomer of the 20th century, Sir Fred Hoyle, the birth of the subject of astrobiology which they arguably "invented" in 1980, and his continuing ground-breaking research carried out while he was a Professor at Cardiff and later at Buckingham. The book traces the various influences that guided the author through his career, including that of his father who was a Cambridge Wrangler, and the profound influence of Buddhism in his early life. The author has published over 25 books and close to 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, over 60 of which were in the journal Nature
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Cosmic dragons : life and death on our planet
Alternative Names
Chandra Wickramasinghe

Chandra Wickramasinghe astronoom uit Sri Lanka

Chandra Wickramasinghe sri-lankischer Astrophysiker

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe.

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe 1939-

Wickramasinghe Chandra

Wickramasinghe, Chandra 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C.

Wickramasinghe, N. C. 1939-

Wickramasinghe, N. C. (Nalin Chandra), 1939-

Wickramasinghe, Nalin Chandra

Wickramasinghe, Nalin Chandra 1939-

Викрамасингх, Чандра

شاندرا ويكراماسينغ

චන්ද්‍රා වික්‍රමසිංහ

ウィクラマシンゲ, Ch

ウィクラマシンゲ, N. チャンドラ

ウィクラマシンゲ, チャンドラ

ウィックラマシンゲ, C

ウィックラマシンゲ, チャンドラ

ウィックラマシンジ, C

ウィックラマシンジ, N. C



Comets and the origin of lifeThe theory of cosmic grainsSpace and eternal life : a dialogue between Chandra Wickramasinghe and Daisaku IkedaLife on Mars? : the case for a cosmic heritageAstronomical origins of life : steps towards panspermiaFred Hoyle's universeA journey with Fred Hoyle : the search for cosmic life